I suppose, it might seem to some that making music, being a musician, is some complicated thing. I believe when you see the music, feel the music, hear the music, its not really that difficult. I’m not saying that there aren’t hard things about "the music business" , there are always things to go through. But the pure act of making music is beautiful in its simplicity.
Larry Ellis jr is simple, I believe music is a spiritual gift, we are created to" enjoy it" play it” ‘write it “compose it”. My grandfather and all his brothers were all musicians, they could all play all instruments, my grand pop played the piano mostly, ever since I was three I would sit and BANG on the piano. Then at six I took lessons. Eventually I began to learn chords and theory and from there it was all jazz.
My first album, Herbie Hancock "Headhunters" second album Billy Cobham "'The Pleasant Pheasant”. Bob James, Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Bobby Lyle, George Duke, Ronnie Foster, You get the picture!
In 1996 Larry wrote, arranged, produced his first cd , "My Rhythm" a collection of all original music, even though the cd only had limited success, it enabled larry and the band ,now known as "Southwind", to begin opening for major acts, which included, Gerald Albright,Boney James,Spyro Gyra, Pete Escavedo,Joshua Redman & The Braxton Brothers to name a few. Two years later, Larry was back again with another cd entitled "Impressions", 12 more original tracks, this cd received national airplay, and established Larry as a new and up and coming artist.
In 2009, larry began work, on a new approach, since previous cds were all original music, Larry decided to cover some old rock and pop songs, the urban smooth jazz way, This effort resulted in a cd entitled "Your Favorites My Way" 10 songs done "my way". Because of the web, Larry is currently receiving international airplay, and is currently looking foward to a nationwide tour, where the fans will get to see firsthand the music they have only heard so far," on the radio".
On June 6th 2010, Larry Ellis Jr received two BMA "Sounds Of Soul" Music Awards, Best Jazz Musician, Best Jazz Band.
In august 2010 ,Larry Ellis Jr and Southwind, opened the show for Jessy J, In December 2010, Larry was privilaged to play in the backup band, @ "the grover tribute show", featuring, Dean James, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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